An executive from Lockheed Martin discusses job opportunities with the group

The Above & Beyond Program provides guidance to wounded service members pursuing reintegration into the civilian sector. The objective is to explore “next step” options for those interested in a civilian or military career, higher education/advanced training, or a small business startup.

Mayfield College in Twentynine Palms, California invited Hope For The Warriors® to host an Above & Beyond Seminar.  With their overwhelming support and donation of space, our team was able to host 14 service members and two spouses for the four-day seminar. 

The seminar included group presentations, group workshops, and one-on-one coaching.  Participants built their resume and honed their interview skills.  Presenters came from top corporations, government agencies, and more. 

Volunteers work one-on-one with participants

To build a team of presenters and volunteers, Hope For The Warriors® reached out to the community of supporters that we have developed in southern California.  Twentynine Palms is located in the middle of the Mojave Desert.  It is the home of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and Joshua Tree National Park.  Although there are thousands of military families located in the area, there are not as many corporate headquarters in the near vicinity.  Due to the location, many of our presenters traveled three hours to give a 30-minute presentation.

Each presented was happy to do this drive.  The Above & Beyond Program would not have been successful had it not been for these dedicated volunteers.  Hope For The Warriors® is thankful for each person’s efforts in making the seminar a success.

Staff Member, MSgt Brian Schiller, USMC (Ret.), presents to the group

The Above & Beyond Program and Hope For The Warriors® is working closely with the Wounded Warrior Battalion West by holding seminars at each of their Wounded Warrior Battalions.  We will host our next seminar in March in Hawaii followed by Camp Pendleton in June and Balboa (San Diego) in September.  If you are a wounded service member stationed in those areas or if you live in those areas and are interested in volunteering, please contact Connie Morinello for more information.

Although remote, 29Palms provided staff with some scenic views